Palestinian Legislative Council member Dr. Hanan Ashrawi explains why there are many more steps in achieving a successful truce between Israel and Gaza after a week of intense fighting.
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy currently faces widespread disapproval from both Egyptian citizens and the international community after declaring immunity from any judicial checks and balances while the country’s new constitution is being drafted. Morsy made the move, which may grant him unlimited power, just one day after helping to negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas following eight days of air strikes and rocket-fire along the Gaza Strip last week.
He will meet today with Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council, where he'll address criticisms and protests to the new expansion of his powers. Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State under Bill Clinton Jamie Rubin comes to “Starting Point” to discuss the Egyptian leader’s undemocratic power grab. Rubin is current Counselor to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
With the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza holding for a second straight day, the international community is beginning to debate what it means for the decades-old conflict. But violence erupted at the Israeli-Gaza border this morning, already disrupting the peace established less than 48-hours-ago. And with no long-term agreement yet in place between Israel and Hamas, the focus is on how long the delicate truce will last.
Diana Buttu is a Political Analyst with the Institute for Middle East Understanding and Former Legal Adviser with the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Buttu joins “Starting Point” live from the West Bank City of Ramallah with the latest in whether Gaza border violence could hurt the fragile cease-fire agreement.
Black Friday shopping is well underway at Toys “R” Us right now. The toy store was one of several stores that decided to open last night to serve an estimated 41-million people who went shopping on Thanksgiving. Almost double that number will shop today, but that's still a huge number of people shopping right after their turkey dinners.
Jerry Storch, chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us, joins “Starting Point” live from the store’s Times Square location this morning to share the hot Black Friday deals and holiday gifts for the season.
The cease-fire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza continues to hold today. But violence erupted at the Gaza-Israel border this morning, shattering the peace declared just on Wednesday. With no specifics yet on a long-term peace agreement, it's still uncertain just how long the tenuous truce will last.
Veteran Foreign Policy Analyst Robin Wright joins "Starting Point" live from Washington D.C with the latest between Israel and Hamas. Wright is a Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and author of the book, "Rock the Casbah".
Palestinian National Authority Spokeswoman Nour Odeh on Israel-Gaza ceasefire and negotiation efforts for lasting peace.
A cease-fire appears to be holding at this hour between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, while the international community waits to see if the two sides can agree on a long-term solution. The agreement follows eight days of air strikes from Israel and rockets from Gaza, taking nearly 150 lives, most of them Palestinian. Talks are set to begin today on easing economic restrictions on Gaza as part of the truce.
Joining “Starting Point” live from Tel Aviv with the latest is Naftali Bennett, former Chief of Staff to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and current Chairman of the "Jewish Home" Israeli Political Party. He explains that in his view, peace can't be achieved until Hamas is 'dismantled.'
A cease-fire is holding this morning between Israel and Gaza, marking an end to eight days of aerial rocket attacks between the two sides and nearly 150 deaths, a majority of which were Palestinian. International diplomats including, President Obama, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, worked to broker the truce, which was declared on Wednesday.
The question is: Will it last?
Former Maine Democratic Senator and Former U.S. Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell comes to “Starting Point” weighs in on what he thinks it will take to forge lasting peace.
Crowds in Gaza are taking to the streets, celebrating a cease fire that appears to be holding between Israel and Hamas after eight days of rockets and airstrikes. Talks are set to begin today on easing economic restrictions on Gaza as part of the agreement. Mark Regev joins us from the CNN Bureau in Jerusalem with the latest. Regev is Spokesperson for the Israeli Government and for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Regev remains a bit skeptical of a "terrorist group like Hamas" to keep its end of the bargain. “But these arrangements were negotiated with Egypt and with the sponsorship and support of the United States,” Regev says. “And we’re giving them a chance. We will keep our commitments under these arrangements. Hamas has promised the Egyptians that they will hold their fire. And we’re hopeful that this will last.”
"Of course we want a 2-state solution. Of course we want peace," Regev adds. "We understand that peace is the only real solution. And we've called upon the Palestinian leadership to start peace talks immediately without any preconditions...but we must remember that Hamas, unfortunately, is the enemy of peace. Hamas doesn't want to negotiate."
"At the moment, Hamas is stuck in a hard-line, anti-peace sort of position, which makes them impossible to involve in any sort of peace process."
Fmr. U.S. Asst. Sec. of State James Rubin on the bomb that rocked Tel Aviv bus and U.S. involvement in peace talks.